Scotland: Nathan Patterson and Anthony Ralston included in World Cup play-off semi-final squad | Soccer News

Nathan Patterson and Anthony Ralston have been included in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the World Cup play-off semi-final and upcoming Nations League matches.

Everton’s Patterson is included despite the right-back having surgery for an ankle problem in April, while Billy Gilmour also retains his place in the squad, but left-back Kieran Tierney is out with a wound.

Celtic defender Ralston returns from his last appearance in November as a substitute against Denmark following a title-winning campaign in Scotland’s top flight.

David Marshall is also back after joining Hibernian after a brief stint at QPR – with the goalkeeper’s final international appearance at Euro 2020.

There is also a place for John Souttar after his decisive goal in the 2-0 win over Denmark last November.

The centre-back, 25, has struggled with injury this season but still made 33 appearances in all competitions as Hearts sealed third place in the Scottish Premiership before finishing second in the Scottish Cup to Rangers – the club that Souttar will join this summer.

Striker Ross Stewart retains his place in the squad after scoring his 26th goal of the season in all competitions to help propel Sunderland into the Sky Bet Championship.

Scotland could play five matches over two weeks in June, with potentially two World Cup play-offs followed by three Nations League matches.

Scotland team:

Guardians: Craig Gordon, Liam Kelly, Zander Clark, David Marshall.

Defenders: Grant Hanley, Jack Hendry, Aaron Hickey, Craig Halkett, Stephen O’Donnell, Andy Robertson, Greg Taylor, Scott McKenna, Liam Cooper, Nathan Patterson, Anthony Ralston, John Souttar.

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong, Lewis Ferguson, Billy Gilmour, Ryan Jack, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Scott McTominay, David Turnbull.

Strikers: Lyndon Dykes, Ryan Christie, Che Adams, Jacob Brown, Ross Stewart.

Why Scotland v Ukraine has been postponed

Ukraine travel to Hampden Park on June 1 to face Scotland with the winner over Wales

The World Cup play-off semi-final in Scotland was due to take place on March 24 but was delayed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The winner of the match at Hampden Park will face Wales, who beat Austria 2-1 in the semi-finals, with the final taking place at the Cardiff City Stadium on June 5.

After the initial postponement, Scotland pledged to play the losers of the Wales-Austria tie in a friendly on March 29 and Steve Clarke’s side drew 2-2 in Vienna to extend their invincibility at eight matches.

Russia were due to take part in the World Cup play-offs but were expelled from the tournament as punishment for their actions in Ukraine.

This allowed Poland to advance to the Path B final, in which they beat Sweden to secure their place in the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

Scotland matches

The UEFA Nations League schedule has also been impacted due to the delayed World Cup play-offs, so here’s a look at Scotland’s upcoming fixtures.

June 1 (World Cup play-off semi-final)

  • Scotland vs. Ukraine (7:45 p.m.) – live on Sky Sports

June 5 (World Cup play-off final)

  • Wales vs. Scotland/Ukraine (5 p.m.) – live on Sky Sports

June 8 (Nations League)

  • Scotland vs Armenia (7:45 p.m.)

June 11 (Nations League)

  • Republic of Ireland vs. Scotland (5 p.m.)

June 14 (Nations League)

  • Armenia vs. Scotland (5 p.m.)

September 21 (Nations League)

  • Scotland v Ukraine (7:45 p.m.)

September 24 (Nations League)

  • Scotland v Republic of Ireland (7:45 p.m.)

September 27 (Nations League)

  • Ukraine vs. Scotland (7:45 p.m.)

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